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How to Build a DIY Shipping Container Home

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

We want to help you understand how to build a DIY shipping container home.

Also, note we are also here to help you select the perfect tractor for your homestead when the time comes.

Let’s jump right in!

Do-it-yourself (DIY) shipping container homes are here to stay.

Are you considering living in one?

Not only are they cost-effective --- but they are also great for anyone interested in living in a tiny home, those who want to downsize, or anyone wanting to recycle materials.

The question is this --- “Is a DIY shipping container home for you?”

There are five things we want you to consider. Types

There are various types of shipping container homes.

The most common types are high cube, refrigerated, and standard.

You can also buy brand new ones, semi-used, and containers with a lot of wear and tear.

In the end, it comes down to your personal taste, budget, space, and design plan.


Your happiness in a shipping container home will mainly come down to design.

Buying one because it is considered cool, eco-conscious, or popular is not enough.

Many buyers work with an experienced shipping container home designer to ensure they don’t overlook anything and make the maximum use of the space.


Design is important and so is the lot you locate on.

Like any home, you want a great location, surroundings, neighbors (possibly), lots of space, amenities, power/water/gas, close proximity to shops, and the ability to landscape and create a great exterior.

In other words, it must gel with your taste and lifestyle.


As you know, shipping containers lack windows.

Typically, people want windows.

When creating them in a shipping container --- opt for large windows. This will give you plenty of natural light.

Large windows will make your DIY shipping container home feel brighter and fresher. It will also appear larger.

Many owners also install sliding doors. This gives a great floor-to-ceiling view. It brings the outdoor feel inside.


Like a traditional home, you need to check into building permits and regulations for shipping container homes.

Check with your city/town and state. This will help you comply with local laws and zoning, saving you location issues and possibly even fines.

The last thing you need is to purchase a lot and/or shipping container, just to find out you cannot build it on the location you desire. And even worse, you do not want to get it built and then be forced to remove it.

Hopefully, these tips and strategies helped you get one step closer to designing, building, and living in a DIY shipping container home. These are the basics to get started. Your designer will help you customize the container to your specific wants and needs.

If you need any further help or have any questions about DIY shipping container homes, tractors, or anything else, please contact your dealer, local mechanic, or call us at 602-734-9944. Please ask about our current new and used tractor supply.

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